Do you want to be a part of what can truly make Denver great?
Become a teacher.
When living in Denver – surrounded by naturally stunning landscapes and nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains -- it can be all too easy to overlook the troubling reality of the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students in Denver Public Schools. When residing in Denver – a thriving, economically healthy urban area -- one could fail to realize the fact that just about half (only 52%) of students in Denver Public Schools actually graduate.
But now that you know, what will you do about it?
Change the statistics. Teach.
Our 52% graduation rate is the 10th lowest among the nation’s 50 largest school districts. This grim statistic is troubling enough in and of itself – but the urgency for action becomes even greater when considering the alarming graduation rate gap between ethnicities and genders in Denver Public Schools. For example, while 70.5% of white females graduated in 2007, only 38.2% of Hispanic males graduated.
Denver Teaching Fellows seeks outstanding professionals and recent graduates to make a difference in the lives of the students who need you the most. This highly-selective program is designed to recruit and train socially-driven individuals, like you, who want to make a difference in the Denver community by becoming teachers in some of our highest-need public schools. The Teaching Fellows program will offer over 50 new teachers this year the opportunity to join this selective accelerated route into the classroom. We are looking for outstanding candidates to teach math, science, special education and bilingual Spanish (K-6) in Denver Public Schools. Candidates will benefit from a streamlined application and selection process and, if selected, will have the opportunity to participate in an intensive Training Institute in summer 2009 before entering their classrooms as full-time teachers in the fall. Fellows will pursue their teaching license while teaching full-time, and most first year Fellows will be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award that will help defer the cost of licensure coursework. Fellows will receive a full-time teachers’ salary once they begin teaching in the fall.
There is no one profile of an ideal Denver Teaching Fellows candidate. Fellows may be fresh out of college and ready to leverage their academic success into a teaching career. Fellows may be professionals with years of experience in the business or non-profit world who are ready to change careers to teach and make an impact where they are needed most. As a Fellow, you will become part of a dynamic and dedicated network of new educational leaders, working with other progressive educators in Denver to raise academic achievement in Denver Public Schools...starting in your classroom.